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Spring 2012 Living Writers Reading Series: Tom Marshall & Rusty Morrison
May 17, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Humanities Lecture Hall, Room 206
Having survived residence in 4 states and 1 province, 20 towns & cities, 23 jobs, 3 families, and 15 schools, Marshall has slipped the noose of his handful of chapbooks and for now settled into a fresh way of making his poetry: free and green in blogbooks online. Impressed by the productive tensions between vocabularies in leading arts like dance, he has let pictures into his poems. This began with a chuckle at Facebook and the form it offered with its way for posting a photo and saying something about it. His work still gets picked up by magazines, but they too are drifting into the ether to find new formats. Teaching at many institutions (Cabrillo College for the last 22 years) has taught him about ineffable effect, and politics have turned him away from object production. Marshall is a product of his times, here and there on the web, but not a commodity.
Rusty Morrison is an American poet and publisher. She received a BA in English from Mills College in Oakland, California, an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California, and an MA in Education from California State University, San Francisco. She has taught in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco, and was Poet in Residence at Saint Mary’s College in 2009. She has also served as a visiting poet at a number of colleges and universities, including the University of Redlands, Redlands, California; University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona; Boise State University, Boise, Idaho; Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon, and Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois. In 2001, Morrison and her husband, Ken Keegan, founded Omnidawn Publishing in Richmond, California and continue to work as co-publishers.
The Living Writers Reading Series is sponsored by the Siegfried B. & Elisabeth Mignon Puknat Fund, Porter College George Hitchcock Poetry Fund, Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center, Literature Department/Creative Writing Program, Laurie Sain Creative Writing Endowment, East Asian Studies Program, Bay Tree Bookstore, Latino and Latin American Studies Center, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, El Centro, Cantu Queer Center, Chicano Latino Research Center, Stevenson College, Oakes College, and Merrill College.
Books are sold at the readings by The Bay Tree Bookstore.